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noun,plural spin·neys.British.
  1. a small wood or thicket.

Origin of spinney

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espinespine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent to Latin spīn(a) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun suffix (see arboretum)

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How to use spinney in a sentence

  • Do you remember long ago at the gate over there leading to Drake's spinney?

    Dross | Henry Seton Merriman
  • On the one side the hedge was high, but on the other there was a slight gap leading into a thick spinney.

    Animal Ghosts | Elliott O'Donnell
  • "spinney is not such a bad fellow at bottom," I replied, albeit touched by the warm partisanship of my wife.

  • I made this discovery in a spinney, or copse, near a small tarn some half mile to the eastward of Fernbridge's precincts.

    Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Pickersdyke halted his little command behind the remains of a spinney and went forward to reconnoitre.

    Servants of the Guns | Jeffery E. Jeffery

British Dictionary definitions for spinney


/ (ˈspɪnɪ) /

  1. mainly British a small wood or copse

Origin of spinney

C16: from Old French espinei, from espine thorn, from Latin spīna

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